Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC)


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Funded through a grant from the World Bank Group and partners, the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) is a green project incubation hub where entrepreneurs and startup ventures can access support to develop their innovative ideas into strong and viable businesses.

A consortium of Ashesi University, SNV, Ernst&Young and United Nations University (UNU-INRA) won a bid from the World Bank Group under its Climate Technology Program to establish and operate the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre. The objective of the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) is to establish local institutional capacity to support Ghanaian entrepreneurs and new ventures involved in developing profitable and locally-appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The GCIC is funded by DANIDA and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The five thematic sectors of focus are:

  • Solar energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste management
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Water management and purification

The GCIC has been established to offer a full suite of financing and capacity building services to Ghanaian technologists, entrepreneurs and new ventures that address challenges to starting and scaling their climate (clean) technology businesses. In addition to incubating promising start-ups, the GCIC will provide dedicated proof-of-concept and seed capital funding to entrepreneurs to bridge local funding gaps.

In parallel to investments, the GCIC also provides business advisory and training services, market development services, access to product testing facilities and government engagement on policy. In this way, the GCIC acts as a national focal point, coordinating efforts in promoting the growth of locally relevant climate sectors. GCIC also provides a platform to create international business-to-business linkages, enhance knowledge sharing and facilitate trade. As part of steps to provide relevant market-centered support to incubatees, the Center seeks to obtain a comprehensive database on experts and services under the five thematic sectors of focus.

The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre is a follow up the the GCIC Bootcamp and the GCIC Accelerator Program, which SNV successfully implemented in 2015.

    Follow the link to the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre website to find out how to apply!

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